Search Area Reduced After Refining Satellite Transmissions From Missing Plane

Aviation consultant Col. Steve Ganyard offers his take on the new clues.
3:00 | 03/20/14

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boxes and just good old-fashioned crash forensics. If we can find a piece of metal we can look for burn marks and look at how the airplane broke. There's lots of things we can tell if we can get some of the wreckage and hopefully lead us to the black boxes which unravels the whole mystery. Steve, hold on. Back to David Kerley as well because he now has brand-new satellite images coming back in. These are three or four days ago. Same images and let's just be very clear. These images that the Australians have released are several days old. So when David Wright got out there we don't know if things had moved and changed. We need to remember these pictures are several days old of this debris that they saw in the south Indian ocean. So the point there, Stephen ganyard, let me bring this back to you, if those pictures are several days old, this debris could have drifted far from those coordinates. They could have and who knows how far the debris drifted from the original coordinates so you can see this is a really, really tough puzzle to solve but we're going after it as best we can and have some things at our disposal that hopefully will lead us to the answers we need. Now that the search area seems to have been -- I mean I know they've been focused on the south. Seems to have been narrowed down a little, what other resources can be brought to bear that might allow us to hone in on this area? Well, I think, yeah, I think, George, what they'll do is continue to flood the area with aircraft. We've got Australian P-3s and U.S. P-8s and so it'll be a great joint effort. A whole research or a rescue coordination center that the Australians have set up so I think we're going to bring everything to bear but we've got to get ships out there. Shuis are what can pick up the debris so we can begin to do the forensics and look into what happened with this Mayes happen. A report there is a merchant ship supposed to be on the scene in the last couple of hours but it could take several days for some of those big Australian ships to get there, as well. We should remind everyone this still could take a great deal of time even after they had noted some debris from that air France disaster many years ago, it took years to find the black box. It did. It took two years and it took four separate expeditions by the French government to find that black box so just because we find the debris doesn't mean it's going to lead us directly or even in any short time to those black boxes, but as I say, if we can get some debris we can begin to answer some of the questions that will give us a step-by-step approach to the final answers.

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